Start overeating early and become obese later

Parents often underestimate their children's overweight.

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The foundations for overweight or obesity are often already laid during a person’s childhood. Current studies have confirmed this. For example, scientists at the Center for Pediatric Research, University Hospital for Children and Adolescents, University of Leipzig, found that the weight of obese children between two and six years of age had increased particularly sharply. However, many parents tend not to take the superfluous kilos of their offspring seriously enough.

This apparently applies especially to those parents or guardians who themselves carry too many excess pounds around with them. Instead, parents should have a healthy body weight and be role models for their sons and daughters. Almased can provide them with valuable help, because this formula diet not only helps lose weight quickly, but also contributes to staying fit in the long term.

As part of their study titled Acceleration of BMI in Early Childhood and Risk of Sustained Obesity, researchers at the University of Leipzig analysed the data of more than 50,000 children whose body composition had been continuously measured over a period of many years – in each case from birth to 14 during childhood and from 15 to 18 in adolescence. It was found that more than half (53 per cent) of adolescents suffering from obesity (adiposity) were already overweight at the age of five. According to the study, nearly 90 per cent of those children who were obese at the age of three also became overweight or obese in adolescence.

Overweight children turn into overweight adolescents

Problematic in this context is the fact that many parents are not aware of the importance of their children’s overweight. According to a study by the University of Nottingham in the UK, more than half of the mothers and fathers of overweight children do not consider their children’s excess kilos to be a serious problem. Consequently, these children lack the support they need to stay healthy. In view of the illnesses that can result from being overweight, this is very important, especially at a young age. The Nottingham researchers based their statements on the evaluation of nearly 90 studies worldwide involving nearly 25,000 children and adolescents aged from birth up to 19 years of age, together with their parents.

The German Robert Koch Institute also warns that in Germany more than a quarter of five to seventeen-year-olds are carrying excess weight around with them. The institute says that just under nine per cent of this age group are already obese. The experts are also concerned that only a very small proportion of heavily overweight young people are open to medical help or consent to it.

The experts are therefore calling on parents to set a positive example for their offspring with respect to a healthy body weight and healthy eating habits. Anyone who needs help in this respect will find a lot of useful information for optimising his or her diet at the Almased Campus. When it comes to losing weight, the success of the Almased formula diet has been clearly proven in scientific studies as well as in everyday practice.

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